Young readers leaning more towards foreign authors


The Amar Ekushey Grantha Mela (Ekushey Book Fair), over the course of time, has become a quintessential part of our national, lingual and cultural identity. This book fair takes place in February every year to commemorate the language martyrs and celebrate the International Mother Language Day. Writers and publishers of Bengali books eagerly await this month to celebrate and share their work with readers. However, it seems from the response of young readers, students today are leaning more towards foreign authors.

Adrita Roy

Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad Public

Adrita Roy

The Ekushey Book Fair is one of the best things that could ever happen to a book lover. So many books are displayed methodically everywhere that it makes me immensely happy. I visited the book fair for the first time in my life this year and it was so overwhelming. I loved every book stall and the smell of the new books. I loved the new Zafar Iqbal collection this year and some other books by other respected writers. I also met with writer Imdadul Haque Milon accidentally, it was such a pleasure. The whole fair was in a festive mood. Children and elderly people and of course young people were everywhere. I totally loved it. I’d definitely like to pay more visits to Ekushey book fair.


Mehwish Ahmed

University of New South Wales

Mehwish Ahmed

Stephen King’s IT is hands down my favourite book ever. It was the first of his work that I read, and the fact that a story could scare me so much was something that really struck to me. Over the years I’ve reread it multiple times, and contemplated on the small nuances of the characters and the story. How as children, our innocence sometimes makes us braver than our adult counterparts is one of the major things I loved about this book.


Mahmuda Habib

North South University

Mahmuda Habib

It is probably not surprising that I would start by mentioning J K Rowling’s Harry Potter series which, I began reading in junior high, is still a book I vastly admire. However, recently I tremendously enjoyed and found inspiration in a newer fantasy series. A Court of Thorns and Roses, the story everyone was reading in 2017, provided a profound experience full of romance, humour, friendship and action with a magical sense of wonder. But, for more cerebral reasons, the trilogy, with the second novel, A Court of Mist and Fury, being the book I read in a single sitting, made me discover how a regular story could be transformed into something brutal and loving, rational and spiritual, magical and personal, all at the same time. A passionate read with charming characters, beautifully written and wonderfully drifting, a book I will long remember and return to.


Raka Aziz

University of Dhaka


My favourite books are the entire Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. I grew up with it and it has left a lasting impact on me. The characters made us think and experience emotions deeply, and some characters have been inspiring us (such as Hermione). However, what is remarkable is that they made us believe that the world as is portrayed in the books, exists. I am fortunate enough to belong to a time when we went through intensive, brilliantly constructed fan theories and predictions in some amazing Harry Potter-based forums while waiting earnestly for the next book!


Yeanur Shifat

University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh

yeanur shifa 

From childhood till now, I have always visited the book fair with my dad. Holding his hands on one hand and books on other hand was the only thing that I could remember about any of my book fair visit. Though most of my friends find it funny that I prefer going with my father rather than with them! So this year I tried something new. This year my first ever visit to book fair was with one of my friends. Though I maintained my tradition as well, went there with dad and bought whichever books I liked. I am a big fan of Humayun Ahmed so it’s kind of a habit of mine that whenever I am at any book fair I will buy at least one book by him if it’s available there. So this year I got Lilabati. A book that I loved buying was Maa by Anisul Haque which is based on a true story of a freedom fighter’s mother. Well, I also liked a new book this year, Rasha by Jafar Iqbal. This book seemed quite interesting to me so I am actually looking forward to reading it.



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